Maurino Olive Tree
The Maurino Olive Tree is an excellent Tuscan oil cultivar prized for its delicate and aromatic oil. Maurino Olive Trees are somewhat compact with medium vigor and a graceful pendulous shape to them. Fruits turn purplish-black when fully ripe and mature early in the season, making it a good cultivar for northern growers trying to push the limits of where olives can be grown. Maurino is a great pollinator due its prolific flowering but is a self-sterile variety so another variety is needed for fruit production. Frantoio and Leccino are known to be good pollinators for Maurino. Shotberries due to insufficient pollination have been a problem with this variety but planting multiple pollinators at a close distance should alleviate this. Maurino has proven itself to be a tough and cold hardy variety here in the Willamette Valley of Oregon and should do well in other areas with similar climates.
Latin Name: Olea europaea
Site and Soil: Olives like full sun and lots of warmth.
Pollination Requirements: Maurino is self-sterile. Plant Frantoio or Leccino as pollinators
Hardiness: Maurino is hardy to about 5º F.
Bearing Age: 1-2 years after planting
Size at Maturity: 12-15 ft. in height.
Bloom Time: May-June
Ripening Time: October
Yield: 30-40 pounds depending on your climate
Pests & Diseases: Olive Trees will occasionally get scales and in some climates are susceptible to Cercospora leaf spot but we have seen neither of those so far while growing olives in Oregon.
USDA Zone: 8